29th Sunday of OT – 20.10.19
Special collection for Missio this Sunday
Dear sisters and brothers,
In the Gospel today Jesus asks a rhetorical question: Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night? This reminds me to remind you that being a community of faith demands certain things of us and one of those things is that we pay attention to the morality of our actions and assumptions. Throughout the whole of the Bible God is described, either by his prophets or by himself as a ‘God of justice’. In the Bible justice means, primarily, ‘right relationships. This insight helps us to see how, to God at least, justice is a factor of relationship not just an abstract moral code. God is a God of justice which means that, in his relationships, he acts justly, or rightly. In fact, justice could be argued to mean the process whereby good, life giving relationships are maintained.
We can immediately see how this pertains to society, or to the world of work and capital, where good healthy just relationships are vital to the maintenance of proper working arrangements and wages for workers. We can also see, I hope anyway, that disproportionate remuneration between executives and the labour force lead to a stark contrast in standards of living and injustice. It is vital that Christians have an informed view in these matters so that we are able to speak up for those who are powerless and voiceless.
We can also see how right relationships are vital in the international sphere of politics where all too often injustices are tolerated in order to facilitate trade, or to bargain for influence and support for policies that are in the ‘national interest’. All to often individuals get caught up and squashed in the political games played by nations as they jockey for power and influence, for resources and advantage.
However, having mentioned all of the above there is yet another area of injustice which we are all party to. I am talking of our relationships with the earth. Pope Francis has spoken eloquently and at length about the urgent need to take radical action to prevent a climate and ecological disaster which will have a disproportionate effect on the world’s poorest peoples and nations – why? Because they are the least able to have access to technological and structural methods to mitigate the effects. As Christians this alone should motivate us to do something.
But the main thrust for change is about the future. If we care about our children and grandchildren, then we have to be a part of a solution that will bequeath them the best possible chances for their future. This is a matter of justice. We cannot, and must not, carry on buying our big 4×4’s and using fossil fuels and putting off and putting off measures which will be essential to the survival of, not only the human population but of whole species of animal life. We are told, and we can see and hear it with our own eyes and ears, that wildlife is struggling to adapt to the intensive way in which human beings are using the earth. Bird populations have collapsed. Rare species are on the point of extinction and the seas are drowning in plastic.
As Christians we should be leaders in the field of action to combat the climate crisis and ecological harm. All too often we are too comfy and unaware of our personal responsibilities to take action. However, we must, and we must quickly. Jesus tells us that God will see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night. Jesus also told us that ‘God so loved the world that he sent his only Son’ – I take that to mean not just or only humanity but the entire creation. If we don’t act justly maybe the Lord will look elsewhere for a response and sidestep us. Either way he will see justice done and then we will have to answer to Him for our laxity and carelessness. That will be most unpleasant, I imagine. With my love and prayers, Fr David
The Parish Bereavement Mass will take place on Saturday 19th October at 10am in Cranleigh. If you, or someone you know would like to attend this Mass to remember their loved ones please extend the invitation. All are welcome and there will be an open tea/coffee group following the Mass.
Bereavement 11am Mass and midday Lunch will take place on Saturday 30th November. This is open to anyone who may like to remember their departed loved ones and come together with members of the community for support. A lunch is open to anyone to whom this may benefit, and we offer it out to the wider villages community if you know of someone who may like to join. Please extend the invitation and RSVP to the Parish Office so catering can be arranged.
World Mission Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday 20 October 2019, which is a vitally important part of the Extraordinary Month of Mission this year. On this day, the whole Church unites in an act of universal solidarity in prayer for its missionary activity and in collecting funds to support communities globally that are poor or in need. Around 40% of Church membership falls into this category.
Missio is proud to be the Pope’s charity for world mission; this year’s World Mission Sunday theme is Together we are Mission.
This collection is one of three mandatory universal collections, the other two being for the Holy Places on Good Friday and Peter’s Pence.
The Parish Lunch will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on 29th October following a Cranleigh Mass at 11.30am. No mass at STM on 29/10. Sign up sheets are in the porches, please extend this invitation to your friends and transport can be arranged if required. Please contact the Parish Office on 272075.
The Parish of Cranleigh & Bramley is working towards a culture of safeguarding for volunteers and parishioners.
If you volunteer in the Parish we invite you to attend an evening at which we can review, discuss and embed the principles to create a culture of safeguarding in your roles and our Parish. Please join us on Tuesday 29th October at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. There will be refreshments.
Please RSVP to the Parish Office using email: email@example.com. This is a vital workshop and especially relevant if you are DBS checked and work with vulnerable children or adults. It is also useful for those wanting to learn more about safeguarding.
Friday 1st November Feast of All Saints and All Souls
This year the Feast of All Saints will be held on Friday 1st November in Cranleigh at 10am and Mass at Bramley at 8pm. All Souls is the following day, Saturday 2nd November.
There will be an opportunity at the Vigil Mass for the Sunday to remember the Souls of the Faithful Departed. There will be a supply of cards available from this Sunday on which you are invited to write the name of the deceased members of your family. These will then be bought up during the bidding prayers of the Mass and will form part of the general intercessions. Unfortunately, as Father David is away at College all day there will not be an opportunity for an All Soul’s Day Mass this year.
Educaid: Please note we will welcome Miriam Mason as a guest speaker during the weekend of 9thand 10th November informing us about Educaid which runs an educational network comprising of free schools, teacher training , and tertiary programmes in Sierra Leone.
Remembrance Sunday –The parade will begin for the churches at St Nicolas at 10.30am on 10thNovember and proceed to the War Memorial for the Remembrance Service. The 11am Mass with therefore take place at midday (12noon) and the blessing of graves will follow immediately after.
Blessing of Graves in Cranleigh will take place on Sunday 10th November after Mass (1pm). Candles can be bought from the Parish Office. Father David asks that if you would like a grave of a member of your family blessed that you might be present to guide him to where they lie.
There will be no Bramley Mass on the morning of 12th November, however there will be a Mass for Deceased Clergy at St Josephs in Dorking at midday if you would like to attend.
All members of our community – a date for your Diary – Join Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. We will be celebrating a whole school mass at 10am.
The next CAMEO evening will occur on Tuesday 3rd December in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is an informal gathering of the ladies of the Parish to come together for some spiritual prayer and then a cup of tea or glass of wine and an activity. On this occasion Joan M will be organising a quiz, so please come and join us. Further details can be obtained from the Parish Office
Reserve the date 8th December for 4pm Mass and the Parish Christmas Party including festive games and food in Cranleigh, Further details will be available shortly.
Missio Red Boxes
I and the team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September/October. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email firstname.lastname@example.org”
The Children Youth and Family Mission Team are investigating running a Toddler Group one morning, after school drop off, in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. If you have an interest in this, please contact the Parish Office in order that we can garner interest.
|PARISH LIGHT PARTY|
All children of the Parish are invited to the Light Party on Friday 1st November 4.30pm to 6pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is a lovely opportunity for the children of our Parish to meet and enjoy each others company with games and refreshments provided. In order to adequately cater please RSVP using the link www.cpcb.org.uk/events-and-courses.
|PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE|
28th APRIL- 5th MAY 2020
Having been to Medjugorje this year Father David asked if I would arrange a Pilgrimage for next year.
Medjugorje is in Herzegovina and Bosnia the former Yugoslavia. Since 24th June 1981 Our Lady has allegedly been appearing to 6 then young people. The visionaries who had never heard of Lourdes or Fatima although from Catholic families prayed and went to Mass, were in their own words not very Religious. Since then their lives have been transformed. The apparitions began during the war in the then Communist Yugoslavia and the children suffered arrests and great hardship during this period but would never deny what they were seeing and the messages from Our Lady. This year Pope Francis gave his approval for Parish led Pilgrimages. The Church does not validate any apparitions until they end. Two of the visionaries Marijana and Vicka had audiences with Saint (Pope) John Paul 11 who had been following the messages from Medjugorje and declared ‘MEDJUGORJE IS THE HOPE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD’.
Our Lady says she has come to tell the world that GOD EXISTS and loves each one of us. She continually asks us to pray with the heart and for peace. She has given us ‘5 stones’ The Rosary, Eucharist, The Bible, Fasting and monthly Confession. Medjugorje has been called the confessional of the world as witnessed by Priests from all over the world hearing confessions for many hours at a time. There have been numerous Spiritual conversions, vocations to the Priesthood and physical healings and Wintershall is one of the fruits of Medjugorje.
There is a wonderful sense of peace, quiet reflection, prayer and uplifting music at Mass and Adoration.
If you would like to consider joining the Pilgrimage for more information please contact me on 01483 272083 email: email@example.com. The cost £579.00 plus single room supplement of £125.00 with Aglow Pilgrimages. Joan.